Many of us have fond memories of the rains from our growing up years — impromptu holidays from school, splashing out in muddy puddles, or maybe simply getting wet in a pouring shower. The fresh new leaves on the trees, the smell of the damp wet ground, and perhaps a little scared of the thunder and lightning which accompany the rain many a time. But with all the joyous moments, the rainy season also brings with it humid weather, flooded roads, mosquitoes, diseases, and lots more. With a little care and forethought you can enjoy this beautiful season and also keep him safe from illnesses.
Common illnesses during rainy season:
This is the time when contagious diseases are on the rise. Viral infections usually spread when the rains come. In India, common diseases associated with the rainy season also include Dengue, Cold, Flu, Food infection, Water infection Cholera. Some simple precautions can go a long way in keeping your family healthy during the rainy season.
Avoid dengue by cleaning or throwing away all potential breeding ground for mosquitoes, especially the Aedes Aegypti, which carries the dengue virus. Make sure that your neighborhood makes a concerted effort towards proper garbage disposal, as well as keeping canals clean, with water running through them. Otherwise mosquitoes can breed in the stagnant waters.Viral Infections:Ensure that you and your family avoid close contact with someone who is suffering from a viral infection or conjunctivitis
Cholera (Diarrhea):Flooding, which commonly occurs during the rainy season, can contaminate water sources. Thus, ensure safety of your drinking water by boiling it to avoid diarrhea.
Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. Practice frequent handwashing with soap and water. Avoid crowded places where transmission of infection is highly probable.
In the majority of cases these diseases are fortunately preventable. By adopting some simple precautions and health measures you can successfully stay away from these diseases during monsoon.
Washing Hands – Majority of virus responsible for causing flu spread through direct contact. Hence, it is very important to keep your hands clean and wash hands frequently with soap and warm water whenever possible. This is particularly required when you return home from work, school or college.
Touching your Face – Another most common way in which flu virus normally enters our body is through eyes, nose or mouth. Hence, it is advisable not to touch these parts of the face as far as possible.
Water – Water is very useful to expel all harmful toxins from our body. Adults need to drink at least eight glasses of water every day. During monsoons although you may not feel thirsty you must take care to ensure that you drink plenty of water.
Drink Herbal Tea – An excellent home remedy to stay healthy during the entire rainy season is to drink herbal tea This tea can easily be prepared at home itself. You can include a number of body warming contents in this tea like pepper, cloves, ginger, tea leaves, mint, basil, and other traditional ingredients. It is important to pay special attention to your throat during monsoons. Drinking herbal tea is very useful to avoid diseases caused by rain and cure coughs and colds.